Pages tagged "Districts and representation"

The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

Posted on What's New Drew Spencer Penrose on October 16, 2015
The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

The most recent scuffle over congressional redistricting in Virginia illustrates how poor a job single-winner districts do at achieving meaningful elections with fair results. With single-winner districts, we get results that may or may not be fair, may or may not be competitive, and result in a paradox under which they cannot be both fair and competitive.

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FairVote Proposes Solutions to Florida's Congressional Redistricting Dilemma in 2014

Posted on What's New Rob Richie on August 07, 2014

Florida is facing an electoral quandary as two of its congressional districts have been found to violate the state constitution, and the legislature is redrawing the maps as November elections loom. The legislature does not want to use the new map in 2014, but FairVote's analysis outlines two plans that could resolve the crisis. The better of these plans would also improve the representation of Florida voters in the process.

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Louisiana's New Voter Pre-Registration Law Features Automatic Registration

Posted on What's New Rebecca Hellmich on July 11, 2014

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in May signed a law establishing voting pre-registration for 16-year-olds. The law features an innovative "opt-out" approach to voter registration that will further boost registration and participation. Louisiana has a history of such innovative election policy.

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Did the California Citizens Redistricting Commission Really Create More Competitive Districts?

Posted on What's New on November 26, 2013

California's independent redistricting process ousted a lot of incumbents in 2012, but that competitiveness is unlikely to persist in 2014.

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Our South Carolina Independent Redistricting Plan Exposes the Problem of Winner-Take-All

Posted on What's New Robert Fekete on July 26, 2013

Independent redistricting only makes marginal improvements to South Carolina's uncompetitive and distorted congressional elections. Fair representation voting is a better solution.

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California and the Limits of Independent Redistricting Commissions with Winner-Take-All

Posted on What's New on February 15, 2013

Independent redistricting continues to gain attention as the panacea for American congressional elections. But as the independent redistricting's performance in California shows, on its own it cannot resolve the most serious problems with our congressional elections. We need to combine independent redistricting with adoption of fair voting plans.

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It's Not Just Gerrymandering: Fixing House Elections Demands End of Winner-Take-All Rules

Posted on What's New on December 16, 2012

This year's elections put a spotlight on the troubled nature of how we elect the House of Representatives, the alleged "people's house." But some of our smartest election experts don't seem to understand the root of the problems with House elections.

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A Representative Congress: Enhancing African American Voting Rights in the South with Choice Voting

Posted on What's New on November 27, 2012

In southern states, racially polarized elections remain an active part of political life. Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has guaranteed that African Americans in the South cannot be shut out of elections either through direct barriers to voting or through discriminatory districts that prevent the achievement of representation. However, relying on winner-take-all elections has inherent limitations. In the belt of southern states including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas, the use of districting to achieve a fairer level of representation for African Americans has hit a ceiling. To push through that ceiling and achieve truly fair representation, FairVote recommends abandoning the single-member district in favor of super districts elected by choice voting.

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Texas Congressional Redistricting: Beyond Last Week's Section 5 Ruling

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on September 06, 2012

Texas has had problems with redistricting - yet again. Last week's federal court ruling that Texas's 2011 plans for congressional districts and state legislative districts had both the purpose and effect of further reducing the representation of Texas's already underrepresented racial minority populations is just the state's latest salvo in the redistricting wars. We show that there's another way: fair voting plans.

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